Contacting your member of Congress is an important part of being a strong and effective advocate for the United Nations. Policy enacted by Congress greatly impacts the UN’s ability to address the most pressing issues and crises across the globe. As a constituent, you have the power to inform your elected official on the importance of the UN and the reasons they should support it.
There are multiple channels you can use to contact your Member of Congress and advocate for the issues you care about. Each method has its specific benefits and purpose. As you plan your advocacy, you should think about the best way to accomplish your goal based on your time and resources.
UNA-USA provides action items on this website in addition to alerts via email to let you know when steps need to be taken to show support for legislation or treaties. The advocacy alert system will allow you to send an email to your Members of Congress at the click of a button, showing them that their constituents care about the UN.
A more personal way to contact your member of congress is through a written letter. Letters received in the mail are still an effective tool for advocacy, particularly when it comes from a group of constituents. You can customize the below template letter to share your message of support for the UN:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate or House Office Building
United States Senate or United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510
Recent bipartisan polling by the Better World Campaign and the United Nations Foundation shows that the majority of Americans -- across party lines -- view the UN as a vital global forum for diplomacy, discussion, and action to resolve the most pressing issues confronting the world.
The United States Senate has stood with approximately 8 in 10 American voters who say it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the UN, and 67 percent of those who favor the U.S. paying its dues to the UN on time and in full. I ask you to support the following BWC figures for the UN budget in 2018.
$2.39 billion within the Contributions to International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA) account and $475 million within Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) for the African Union mission in Somalia;
$1.38 billion for the Contributions to International Organizations (CIO) account, which funds the UN regular budget and specialized agencies. In addition, we ask for full funding for UNESCO (the House eliminated all UNESCO money, and the Senate reduced it); and
Maintain the Senate-recommended lift of the arbitrary 25% peacekeeping cap and allow the U.S. to pay its peacekeeping dues at the full assessed rate of 28.46%.
The UN will not succeed without a strong U.S. commitment, and effective global policy through a strong U.S.-UN relationship begins in our district.
Please use your voice in Congress to reaffirm your support for full funding for the UN and UN peacekeeping operations.
[City, State ZIP]
If you choose to write your own letter, please keep the following tips in mind.
- Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter.
- If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House bill: H. R. ____, Senate bill: S.____.
- Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.
Address only one issue in each letter; and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.